• Dec 13, 2010
Regardless of whether or not there's an actual need for pedestrian warning systems for hybrid and electric vehicles, the U.S. Senate has voted unanimously to approve a measure that would make the noise-adding setup standard on all vehicles that can operate – even if just momentarily – without the burble of an engine.

The measure, called the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010 and backed by Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, aims to establish standards for alerting pedestrians of the possible danger of an approaching vehicle that moves in near silence. With the Senate voting in favor of the bill, it will now head off to the House of Representatives, where it's expected to pass with ease.

[Source: Green Car Advisor]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Some day I'm going to write a Pedestrian Responsibility Act, requiring pedestrians to get their heads out of their nether regions and pay attention. It will make them financially responsible for damage to the car when the accident was proven to be the result of pedestrian negligence and/or recklessness.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would be all for it, especially when the gubmit has been making policies that do nothing but protect and create more lazy idiots!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take mine with the Knightrider theme song please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jetsons aerocar sound FTW!
      • 4 Years Ago
      But yet, they can't figure out how to repeal DADT, pass middle class tax cuts, end the war....BUT, make quiet cars loud, that they get done?

      Yeesh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is ludicrous but totally in keeping with our government's current mentality of wanting to protect everyone from everything. Lets take a leap backward in the name of progress.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stupidity is a bipartisan talent.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This means customizable/downloadable Car Moving Sound market is going to get big pretty soon..

      But I worry about the peeps with bad taste in sound trying to increase the noise pollution in our streets.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And the cops will have plenty of reason to write tickets. Horns are highly regulated, and so should this be.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can rest assured that people are gonna be messing with these speakers and having subwoofers in the in grill and all kinds of obscenities blaring through neighborhoods. Pop culture is gonna love this, sorry to say. The Senate screwed this one up. I would have rathered a button in the car that you can push and a mechanical arm and hand would gently tap the blind person the shoulder and speaker from the palm would say, "Hey! I'm driving here."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Last year in Scotland, a car approached me from the far side of a lonesome glen - and the ONLY sound that you could hear until the last moment was tyre roar.

      Guess what? It had a standard engine.

      Don't these wastrel senators have anything better to do?

      Have they not heard of noise pollution?

      How about aiming for quiet cities?

      Have they not read Kurt Vonnegut?






      • 4 Years Ago
      Utterly brainless.

      As much as I deride hybrids as feel-good technology, there are a lot of potential that this represents. One positive effect, aside from exploring new engine technology is the reduction of overall noise.

      I understand this is a detriment to blind pedestrians, but is this the right answer? This seems like backwards thinking. Our 21st century car doesn't sound like a 20th century car, so lets think 20th century!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, I was hoping one of the side benefits of electric cars would be decreased noise pollution.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed (though I would miss the beautiful sounds of a well-tuned sports car).

        Plus, electrics are hardly silent. Quieter? Sure....but you still totally hear them. There's a bit of a whirring noise plus tire noise on the pavement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good. Its the scariest thing having a car pass you when youre on a bicycle and you dont even know there is a car until its next to you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will you be able to upload sound files like ring tones on your phone? I bet the Ferrari soundtrack would be popular but I'd go for the air cooled Porsche flat six sound.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, you are thinking like a petrol head, of which there are few. The most popular will be top 40 pop songs and whatever the latest internet meme sound is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like a good thing for the Senate to be working on... it's not like the economy is f-ed or anything. :rolleyes:

      This is like when I heard congress passed a bill to ban commercials from getting louder... let's do some rough math:
      435 congressmen * $174,000 average salary = $75,690,000
      Let's be generous and assume they work the equivalent of 48 40hr weeks (they dont... not even close). = $39,422/hr. That means if they worked for 1hr on this (I'm sure it was much more), it cost the american taxpayers nearly $40,000.... nice

      It's not quite so bad for the Senate, but this stuff has to pass both houses....
      100 senator * $174,000 = $17,400,000/1920hrs = $9,062.50
        • 4 Years Ago
        It appears several villages are missing their idiots.
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